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  • 'Roma' is also rumored to be in line for an Oscar at February’s Academy Awards.

    'Roma' is also rumored to be in line for an Oscar at February’s Academy Awards. | Photo: Reuters

Published 14 January 2019

Roma was also awarded best cinematography and best foreign film during Sunday's Critics' Choice Awards.

The Mexican film ‘Roma’ triumphs again, making history as the first foreign film to take ‘Best Picture” at Sunday’s 24 Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

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In addition to the prestigious award, the film was recognized for best cinematography and best foreign film.

Inspired the Director Alfonso Cuaron’s childhood in 1970’s Mexico City, the film picked-up two Golden Globes last week and is rumored to be in line for an Oscar at February’s Academy Awards.

In “Roma,” Cuaron uses the big screen to highlight class struggles and racism through the story of an indigenous cleaning woman to portray the dichotomy between her less-than-privileged past, and her newly-acquired, quasi-wealthy surroundings.

On accepting the trophy, Cuaron, a two-time award winner, made reference to U.S. President Donald Trump’s staunch anti-immigration policies, saying, “This bunch of Mexicans are not as bad as sometimes they are portrayed.”

The talented mind behind Children of Men (2006) and the Oscar winner, Gravity (2013), Cuaron told reporters, "Cinema is at its best when it tears down walls and builds bridges to another culture ... These new shapes and faces enable us to realize, that, yes, while strange, not unfamiliar. We begin to understand exactly how much we have in common."

He added that ninety percent of the scenes were taken from his memory.

Actors Christian Bale (Vice), Glenn Close (The Wife), and Singer Lady Gaga (A Star is Born) were each awarded Best Actor, Best Actress. Best Supporting Roles were presented to Mahershala Ali for his performance in Green Book; while Regina King received Best Supporting Actress for her role in If Beale Street Could Talk.

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